FLORIDA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS BACK MARIJUANA, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SWING STATE POLL FINDS (April 6, 2015)
The three key swing states, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, will play a major role in how the 2016 Presidential Elections play out. Particularly for Republicans, they must win at least two of these states for a realistic chance to take back the White House in 2016 (Going all the way back to 1960, no candidate has won the Presidency without winning at least two of these three swing states).
Based on the latest poll released by Quinnipiac University, all three of these key electoral states are showing overwhelming support for legalization of marijuana in one form or another. For medical marijuana, those in favor of legalization outnumber those opposed by a margin of 5 to 1. The support for recreational marijuana is materially less but still over 50% in all three states. The results of the poll are summarized below:
Another question the Quinnipiac University Poll asked was whether those surveyed planned to use marijuana themselves. The percentage of those responding affirmative was fairly low:
But swing state voters say they don’t plan to use marijuana themselves:
- 17 percent of Florida voters say they “definitely” or “probably” would use it, while 81 percent say they “probably” or “definitely” would not;
- 14 percent of Ohio voters say they “definitely” or “probably would use it, while 84 percent say “definitely” or “probably” not;
- 15 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are likely to try, while 83 percent say no.
(We at Weed Journal believe these percentages on projected use reflect the stigma and fear of arrest that are still attached to cannabis.)
The overwhelming support for marijuana, and particularly medical marijuana, in these critical swing states will no doubt impact the Presidential candidates’ strategies. If a candidate is opposed to any form of legalization, including medical marijuana, it will surely allow other candidates to exploit such opposition in light of the over 80% public support for medical marijuana.
We believe such high numbers reflect a shift in how the general public views medical marijuana; it has become an issue of compassion. They are seeing that there are people who are suffering and who walk through the hell of cannabis prohibition to save their children. All for whom cannabis can hold the key. Cannabis-based medicines we haven’t even developed yet which could bring relief to so many. Any candidate who is opposed to this will certainly have to explain their “logic”.